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Apocalypse Watch: The Weather Channel’s New Reality Show Fat Guys in the Woods

UJA-Federation's 2014 Digital Media Award CelebrationPaging Jim Cantore and Sam Champion: Please pick up the white courtesy phone. America has a question for you, “Is this the end of the world as we know it?” 

Typically, one could go to The Weather Channel for local reports, airline backups, and the occasional meteorological quip from any generic host. Some joke about “it’s hail out there” or something that would cause one to groan — if they were paying attention.

Then, Jim Cantore (bald guy on the left) became a thing of legend. He wanted to be the guy in the eye of the storm. That followed Sam Champion (always pretty guy on the right) leaving his post at GMA and getting his own show at The Weather Channel.

Then, capitalism. And that’s when it got really good.

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Mindy Kaling Helps Google Teach Girls to Code

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Pic via Taylor Hill/Filmmagic for Google

We’re all aware that the tech world faces a gender balance issue that is much more than just a simple “public relations problem”. We recently posted on a coming documentary designed to highlight female entrepreneurs, but Google is spending millions of bucks to address the lack of women in the coding community–and they picked an unlikely celebrity to help spread the message: actress/writer Mindy Kaling.

This morning Kaling explained a bit more about the strategy and her status as spokeswoman for “geeky” girls everywhere in an interview with WNYC’s New Tech City.

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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises $6 Million Thanks to ‘Viewers Like You’ (and Seth MacFarlane)

When we first told you about LeVar Burton‘s Kickstarter campaign to resurrect Reading Rainbow in a web-based format aimed at giving classrooms and kids everywhere access to an unlimited library, the fundraising goal was to reach $1 million by the second of July. Only a few days into the campaign, on May 29th, the campaign had already exceeded that goal. Overwhelmed and inspired by the support, Burton then decided to shoot for a “stretch goal” of $5 million.

As of this writing, with five hours left in the campaign, over $5,150,000 has been raised. Factor in comedian Seth MacFarlane‘s recent pledge to donate another million all by his lonesome, and Burton is looking at well over $6 million.

So what does exceeding the goal mean for Reading Rainbow?

A colorful GIF (below) explains exactly what the extra money will allow Reading Rainbow to do, including the creation of mobile apps and free subscriptions for thousands of in-need classrooms. And since there’s still time to donate, the Kickstarter page currently has this promise posted: “We have reached our $5M stretch goal and can help 7,500+ classrooms. Now, EVERY $100K helps another 500+ classrooms!”

Is it too early in the year to call this the greatest Kickstarter campaign of 2014? Possibly. But that’s not going to stop this PRNewser writer/bookworm/library enthusiast/childhood-Burton-admirer from declaring it so.

 

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Adam Richman Gets ‘Postponed’ After Suggesting That a Woman Commit Suicide

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Robin Thicke isn’t the only celebrity who had a very bad day/week on social media.

Adam Richman, who was once famous for eating a lot, is now trying to be even more famous for not eating so much. He somehow got slimmer through diet and exercise and proceeded to post pics on Instagram documenting his progress with the hashtag #thinspiration.

Apparently, that tag doubles as a meme in “the pro-anorexia community”, and when an Instagrammer pointed this fact out to him he asked her, by way of an acronym, whether he looked like he might give a f*ck.

It all got much worse from there.

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Twitter (Finally) Calls Robin Thicke a Douchebag

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Ok, I can hear you now.

Yesterday Robin Thicke learned the same lesson that has already turned JPMorgan and Roger Goodell into prime case studies for the ages: Twitter chats pretty much never go well, especially when the fruit at the center of the conversation hangs so very, very low.

This one was so bad that it led journalists all over the country to devote their mornings to locating Mr. Thicke’s most embarrassing stock photos.

How did we do?

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3 Things Wrong with KLM’s ‘Is It Racist?’ World Cup Tweet

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You’ve almost certainly read more than enough about Dutch airline KLM’s now-deleted tweet following its home country’s dramatic win over Mexico in the World Cup–and its subsequent apology “to those who feel offended.”

Twitter outrage, etc. We’ll leave the “is it really racist or just a sign of a culture given to indignation” debate to other blogs and the people who comment on them, but we do think KLM should have seen this coming.

Here are three very obvious things wrong with the tweet.

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‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Was Only a Dream Come True 40% of the Time

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Chef Gordon Ramsay has approximately 1,649 shows on TV. Okay, perhaps that is an overstatement, but it’s close. Between his monopolizing BBC America and FOX with original and remake programming, you would think this chef can do no wrong.

As a foodie, I know anyone who wasn’t a cafeteria lady or a hospital cook on a reality show looking for those precious 15 minutes of fame will act like Chef Ramsay is “just a dude.” However, someone who really loved cooking food would salivate at the man’s footsteps. He really is that much of a stud in a kitchen, so you expect he has the Midas touch … and then someone did some digging around the success rate of his show ‘Kitchen Nightmares.’

And that’s when Gordon Ramsay quit. Really.

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Who Jacked the #USAvGER Meme This Morning?

Sure, you’ve probably already seen the morning’s biggest tweet. But we’ll share it yet again because it’s a brilliant little piece of self-promotion. Also: Jurgen Klinsmann has a great signature, doesn’t he?

Now how can you watch the game? And who jacked this meme?

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Gary Oldman Apologizes for Controversial Playboy Interview

BN-DJ871_gary_E_20140624085720Gary Oldman has apologized for a recent interview with Playboy that began as a conversation about the actor’s role in “Planet of the Apes” but quickly dissolved into an explosive tirade about the hypocrisy of liberal Hollywood and the double standard of what a liberal actor can say versus what a conservative actor can say. In the interview, Oldman is quoted as stating:

“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c*** — and I’ll go one better, a f****** useless c*** — I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it…”

He also used Mel Gibson’s past antisemitic remarks as an example by saying:

“Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews, and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him – and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough…He’s like an outcast, a leper, you know? I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things… We’re all f****** hypocrites…That’s what I think about it. The policeman who arrested him has never used the word n***** or that f****** Jew?

I’m being brutally honest here. It’s the hypocrisy of it that drives me crazy.”

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Cobain’s Daughter to Lana Del Rey: ‘Death of Young Musicians Isn’t Something to Romanticize’

Ifrances600-1403529625n a recent interview with The Guardian, Lana Del Rey discussed her heroes like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, and when asked whether she felt their early deaths were glamorous, answered, “Ummm, yeah,” and then stated that “I wish I was dead already…I do! I don’t want to have to keep doing this. But I am.”

While these comments may have stirred up emotion for many, one person in particular — Kurt Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean -- took it upon herself to reach out to Del Rey, and send a message that “the death of young musicians isn’t something to romanticize.”

In a series of tweets, Bean called out Del Rey, reminding her that Cobain was not just a glamorous musician, but her father — one she will never get to know because of his 1994 suicide. She went on to encourage Del Rey to embrace her life, saying that the singer is far too talented to waste her life the way her heroes did. Read more

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